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Peach Pickers fundraiser nets $100K

Thursday, May 12, 2016 – The Peach Pickers, comprised of songwriters Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, raised more than $100,000 at the Georgia On My Mind fundraiser on Tuesday at the Ryman in Nashville to benefit the Georgia Music Foundation.

Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Craig Campbell, Billy Currington, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Maggie Rose along with newer artists Travis Denning, Trea Landon, Jon Langston, Jordan Rager and Cole Taylor all participated. The foundation is a non-profit organization chaired by Davidson that supports programs of music preservation, education and outreach.

"It just gets better every year," said Davidson. "The Peach Pickers and I are humbled by the support of our fellow artists, the sponsors and especially the fans coming out and showing so much enthusiasm. We not only get to have this incredible music experience, but we are able to give back and fund the Georgia Music Preservation, Education and Outreach Grant program. Hopefully we'll continue to outdo ourselves each year."

Davidson, who just released his new song, "Laid Back," through his own Play It Again Records, enlisted the help his co-collaborators - vocalist Maggie Rose, hip-hop track master Mannie Fresh and Outkast's Big Boi - to debut the song.

In a special tribute to Otis Redding, his sons Dexter Redding and Otis Redding III performed renditions of two of their father's hits, "Hard to Handle" and "Try A Little Tenderness," before Davidson joined them onstage with their sister, Karla Redding-Andrews, vice-chair of the Georgia Music Foundation. Taking the siblings by surprise, Davidson presented them with the Foundation's annual Flamekeeper Award, noting that in the almost 50 years since their father's passing, they and their mother Zelma have truly "kept the fires burning" by protecting and preserving their father's musical legacy. GMF board member Dinah Gretch presented the Redding family with a $10,000 check to the Otis Redding Foundation from her Mrs. G's Music Foundation. In her emotional acceptance remarks, Redding-Andrews said that education meant everything to her father and that she and her family honor his legacy by working to provide music education opportunities for children.

Towards the end of the evening, Bryan took the stage with the Peach Pickers to perform "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Everyday," which he wrote with the Akins, Davidson and Hayslip. To close out the show, Currington performed "Georgia On My Mind."

Akins, Hayslip and Davidson write together as the Peach Pickers. Collectively, the trio has accumulated 60 number1 songs since 2010. Their respective catalogs include hit songs "I Don't Want This Night To End," "All About Tonight," "Gimmie That Girl," "Just A Kiss," "When She Says Baby," "Boys Round Here," "It Goes Like This," "We Owned The Night," "I Don't Dance," "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," "Point At You," "That's My Kind Of Night," "Rain Is A Good Thing" and "Small Town Throwdown."

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